UCLA Rumors & News

  • Sorry UCLA Fans, Steve Alford Isn't Getting Fired

    The Big Lead "Steve Alford is an average college basketball coach at best, and UCLA should have known that before it handed him a massive contract with an enormous buyout clause. Apparently, no one tipped athletic director Dan Guerrero off to the fact that Alford had in no way earned an elite job like..." March 14

  • Southern California 95, UCLA 71

    The Sports Xchange "Southern California freshman forward Bennie Boatwright scored 19 points, guard Jordan McLaughlin had 18 and the Trojans dominated UCLA 95-71 on Wednesday night to sweep the season series and advance to the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. Boatwright hit 5 of 9 3-point shots, including one..." March 10

  • Oregon State 86, UCLA 82

    The Sports Xchange "Freshman guard Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 23 points to lead visiting Oregon State to an 86-82 victory over UCLA on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. Senior forward Olaf Schaftenaar scored 17 points for Oregon State (18-11, 9-9 Pac-12 Conference). Senior guard Gary Payton II..." March 05

  • No. 9 Oregon clinches share of Pac-12 title

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES - Ninth-ranked Oregon clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 Conference title, but the Ducks are not satisfied. Freshman Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points as the Ducks defeated UCLA 76-68 Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. Oregon (24-6) improved to 13-4 in the Pac-12 and sits one..." March 03

  • California 75, UCLA 63

    The Sports Xchange "Junior guard Jabari Bird scored 20 points to lead Cal to a 75-63 victory over visiting UCLA on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Freshman forward Jaylen Brown had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Cal (20-8, 10-5 Pac-12 Conference). Senior guard Tyrone Wallace had 14 points, 10..." February 26

  • UCLA 77, Colorado 53

    The Sports Xchange "The hot hand of junior guard Isaac Hamilton helped UCLA roll to a 77-53 victory over visiting Colorado on Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Hamilton scored 22 points on nine-of-12 shooting for UCLA (15-12, 6-8 Pac-12 Conference). Senior forward Tony Parker had 16 points and..." February 21

  • Utah 75, UCLA 73

    The Sports Xchange "Senior forward Jordan Loveridge scored 17 points to help Utah escape with a 75-73 victory over UCLA on Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Sophomore forward Jakob Poeltl had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Utah (20-7, 9-5 Pac-12 Conference). Sophomore forward Kyle Kuzma had 13..." February 19

  • UCLA 78, Arizona State 65

    The Sports Xchange "Sophomore forward Jonah Bolden scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, leading UCLA to a 78-65 victory over Arizona State on Sunday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Junior guard Isaac Hamilton and freshman guard Prince Ali scored 12 points apiece for UCLA (14-11, 5-7 Pac-12..." February 14

  • After stumbling out to a 3-3 start, UCLA has turned its season around

    CBS Sports "Following the Maui Invitational, things were looking bleak for UCLA. A 3-3 start with losses to Wake Forest and Monmouth as well as a brutal six-game schedule forthcoming had placed the Bruins heavily behind the eight-ball. Not only in terms of their NCAA Tournament resume, but also simply in..." December 17

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    Thunder G Russell Westbrook makes largest donation to UCLA by a basketball player in school history. Practice court will be named after him.

  • UCLA practice court gets Russell Westbrook's name after record gift

    Fox Sports "UCLA announced on Monday that Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook is making the largest donation by a former student-athlete in the history of Bruins basketball – though he declined to say exactly how much the donation was for. It’s big enough, however, that UCLA is placing Westbrook’s..." December 14

  • Five-star PF T.J. Leaf -- formerly committed to Arizona -- chooses UCLA

    CBS Sports "UCLA got good news on national signing day, as five-star power forward prospect T.J. Leaf has committed to play his college career for coach Steve Alford and the Bruins. "I have a great relationship with Coach Alford and all the other coaches there," Leaf said on ESPN during his announcement...." November 13

  • Report: Former UCLA adviser alleges academic wrongdoing

    College Basketball Talk "Sunday evening The Chronicle for Higher Education published an article in which former academic adviser at UCLA accused an assistant coach of requesting that he change a player’s grade in order to ensure that the player would remain eligible. Will Collier, who left his position as the academic..." October 13

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar critical of UCLA coach Steve Alford

    Larry Brown Sports "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar lobbied to get the UCLA head coaching job two years ago that eventually went to Steve Alford. Two years later, Abdul-Jabbar is being critical of Alford’s leadership of the program that the former star center helped make great in the ’60s. Abdul-Jabbar was a guest on SiriusXM..." September 24

  • Jaylen Hands, No. 31 recruit in Class of 2017, commits to UCLA

    ESPN "UCLA did its work early with the 2016 class, and the Bruins are doing the same in 2017. They landed their third commitment in the junior class on Wednesday, as No. 31-ranked prospect Jaylen Hands pledged to UCLA. "I knew that UCLA is where I wanted to go," Hands told ESPN.com. Hands, a..." September 17

  • UCLA accepts verbal commitment from 13-year-old star LaMelo Ball

    CBS Sports "LaMelo Ball -- a 13-year-old basketball player from California -- has, like his two older brothers, verbally committed to UCLA, the family told CBSSports.com. The commitment came one day after the Ball family was featured at CBSSports.com. LaMelo Ball is the younger brother of Class of 2016..." August 02

  • Jalen Hill Commits To 2017 Class For UCLA Basketball

    Bruins Nation "Jalen Hill announced his commitment to UCLA tonight and, in so doing, became UCLA's second commit for the 2017 basketball recruiting class. Hill attends Corona Centennial HS and also plays for the Compton Magic AAU team. Hill was a part of the USA Basketball U16 team which won the FIBA Americas..." June 29

  • UCLA basketball Jonah Bolden to miss six to eight weeks after meniscus tear

    Orange County Register "Jonah Bolden, the talented 6-foot-10 guard/forward from Australia who missed his freshman season because of eligibility issues, underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. It was a "slight" tear, a UCLA spokesman said, and Bolden is expected to miss..." May 19

  • UCLA Basketball Lands 3*/4* Center Ike Anigbogu

    Bruins Nation "UCLA Basketball Coach Steve Alford landed his third commitment for the 2016 recruiting class tonight when 3-star/4-star Center Ike Anigbogu of Centennial HS in Corona. According to BruinReportOnline, Anigbogu is 6'9" tall and weighs in at 225 lbs. Scout ranks him as the #2 Center in California,..." May 03

  • O'Bannon/UNC attorney asks senators to keep examining NCAA

    CBS Sports "Attorneys representing former University of North Carolina athletes in a academic fraud lawsuit against the university and NCAA are asking four members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to continue investigating academics in college sports given recent developments. In a letter dated April..." April 30

  • UCLA gets commitment from younger brother of five-star Class of 2016 pledge

    College Basketball Talk "UCLA added its first commitment in the 2017 class on Tuesday as LiAngelo Ball pledged to head coach Steve Alford and the Bruins. The 6-foot-5 Ball is the younger brother of five-star Class of 2016 point guard Lonzo Ball, who committed to UCLA in January of 2014. The younger Ball, also 6-foot-5,..." April 21

  • Junior college transfer Ikenna Okwarabizie commits to UCLA basketball

    Daily Bruin "Junior college transfer Ikenna Okwarabizie committed to UCLA Sunday morning following a weekend visit to campus. Okwarabizie was a standout player for Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, and is originally from Nigeria. He transferred to high school in Iowa in 2013, but there were issues with..." April 20

  • Kevon Looney declares for the NBA Draft

    College Basketball Talk "UCLA forward Kevon Looney is off to the NBA, the school announced on Monday afternoon. “This was a really tough decision for me because there were so many positives both ways,” Looney said. “My time at UCLA has been unbelievable, and I know I’ll be a Bruin forever. But playing in the NBA is a..." April 06

  • Kevon Looney Closes Agent Decision With Plan To Declare For NBA Draft

    Real GM Basketball "UCLA freshman forward Kevon Looney has plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft and is closing a representation agreement, sources told RealGM. An active athlete at 6-foot-9, Looney, 19, had been considering several top representation firms and will be in strong contention to become a lottery..." April 02

  • UCLA F Jonah Bolden Is Now Eligible to Practice for Bruins

    Bruins Nation "Player sends out a tweet announcing that he is now eligible to join the team. After a terrible weekend in Oregon, the UCLA Men's Basketball team got some news today as freshman Forward Jonah Bolden has been given permission to start practicing with the team." January 28

  • Wanaah Bail Declared Academically Ineligible

    Bruins Nation "How many players will be declared ineligible or not even gain admittance? It's at joke proportions. Bail has been a disappointment over two seasons, but when you have a short bench, this just adds to the woes, including emotionally. Plus you have to wonder about his future. Did he have upside? If..." December 29

  • Bruins, Wildcats line up matchups

    ESPN "UCLA is close to finalizing a deal for a home-and-home series with Kentucky that would start in 2015 in Westwood, Bruins coach Steve Alford told ESPN on Wednesday. The game would add to a loaded nonconference schedule next season for the Bruins, who then would face the Wildcats at Rupp Arena in..." November 26

  • 2015, 2016 Maui fields set: UNC, UCLA, UConn, Kansas, Indiana involved

    CBS Sports "As is custom, the Maui Invitational has announced its future fields on the day its event begins. One of the most prestigious November tournaments in college basketball, which is now 31 years old, started Monday. And we now know the next two years worth of fields that will unfold on the Big..." November 24

  • O'Bannon antitrust case lawyers want $50 million from NCAA

    SI "The lawyers for the plaintiffs in the class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA featuring former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon want more than $50.2 million in attorneys' fees and other costs from the NCAA, reports USA Today. The lawyers submitted a request in August asking for $52.4..." October 22

  • Kobe Paras officially commits to UCLA

    Rappler "It's official: Kobe Paras is going to be a UCLA Bruin. The news was reported by UCLA.scout.com, which said that Paras accepted the offer on Saturday morning (Sunday night PH time), October 11. The former La Salle Greenhills standout also confirmed the development through Twitter . "I have..." October 11

  • UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford signs one-year contract extension

    Daily Bruin "UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him in Westwood through the 2020-2021 season, UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero announced Friday. UCLA initially hired Alford on March 30, 2013 to a seven-year, $18.2 million contract which included..." October 06

  • Point guard Jon Octeus denied admission at UCLA

    Coloradoan "Former CSU point guard Jon Octeus has been denied admission to UCLA, a source close to the situation told the Coloradoan. Octeus had planned to transfer to UCLA for his final season of NCAA eligibility this winter and was expected to be the Bruins' starting point guard. As a junior at Colorado..." September 15

  • Source: UCLA freshman forward Jonah Bolden ruled ineligible

    ESPN Los Angeles "UCLA's heralded recruiting class has taken a significant hit after incoming freshman Jonah Bolden has been deemed ineligible by the NCAA to play this season, an industry source told ESPN. The 6-foot-9 power forward, a native of Australia who was ranked in the Top 100 by ESPN.com, will remain on..." September 13

  • Five-star 2015 small forward cuts list to six schools

    College Basketball Talk "6-foot-8 small forward Brandon Ingram has developed into one of the nation’s top prospects, with the Kinston, North Carolina native ranked 18th nationally by Rivals.com. With the production has come the attention of some of the best college basketball programs in the country, and on Sunday Ingram..." September 02

  • Prince Ali commits to UCLA

    ESPN "UCLA has secured a commitment from Prince Ali (The Sagemont School; Pembroke Pines, Florida), one of the best playmakers in the Class of 2015. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing is a versatile scorer and defender who can excel on the break and at both guard positions. Ali is an attacking guard that..." August 18

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Battle 4 Atlantis highlights pairings

    ESPN "The Battle 4 Atlantis -- with a field that includes Final Four teams Wisconsin and Florida as well as traditional powers North Carolina, Georgetown and UCLA -- highlights eight college basketball tournament pairings announced by ESPN for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Other tournament pairings..." August 05

  • Colorado State's Jon Octeus headed to UCLA, eligible for 2014-15

    CBS Sports "Colorado State transfer Jon Octeus has committed to UCLA, CBSSports.com has learned. The 6-4 guard averaged 13.4 points last season and will be immediately eligible in 14-15 since he's already graduated. The addition of Octeus will help the Bruins replace the void left by the departures of..." June 28

  • Drexel adds fifth-year transfer in UCLA's Derboghosian

    City of Basketball Love "Drexel has completed its 2014-15 roster with the addition of a fifth-year transfer, UCLA’s Sooren Derboghosian. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound Iranian native committed to the Dragons on Saturday, where he’ll be immediately eligible as a fifth-year transfer who’s completed his undergraduate..." June 14

  • UCLA guard Jordan Adams to enter NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Sophomore guard Jordan Adams has decided to leave UCLA and enter the NBA draft, a source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday night. UCLA had recently issued a statement saying Adams would return for his junior season, but Adams has changed course and decided to join underclassmen teammates Kyle..." April 27

  • Jordan Adams returning for junior season at UCLA

    CBS Sports "UCLA's Jordan Adams is returning to school for his junior season, sources told CBSSports.com. The 6-4 guard averaged 17.4 points and 5.3 rebounds last year." April 17

  • UCLA officially loses Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine to the NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "UCLA's Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine have formally declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. Anderson is a sophomore. LaVine is a freshman. "I will forever be proud to call myself a Bruin and will never forget the memories that were made here," LaVine said. " April 16

  • St. John’s running out of players as Chris Obekpa transfers

    New York Post "Thus far, St John’s regular season was a smashing success compared to its offseason. Following a disappointing one-and-done NIT appearance, the deep and talented roster has fractured. Chris Obekpa, the shot-blocking sophomore dynamo, has received his release to transfer, which is a major blow..." April 04

  • Spurned agent alleges he paid Tyler Honeycutt at UCLA

    SB Nation "Noah Lookofsky is tired of playing the game. For the last eight years he has represented athletes and entertainers, including various NBA players. Formerly a vice-president of television at ICM, one of the biggest agencies in Hollywood, Lookofsky got the itch to venture out on his own and dive..." April 02

  • Kyle Anderson, Zach LaVine to draft

    ESPN "UCLA will lose Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine early to the NBA draft. Anderson's father told ESPN before the start of the season that his son would leave school after his sophomore year. He told ESPN after the Bruins' loss Thursday night to Florida in the Sweet 16 that Anderson will meet with..." March 28

  • UCLA freshman Zach LaVine to declare for NBA draft

    L.A. Daily News "UCLA freshman Zach LaVine is officially one-and-done. The 6-foot-5 guard will forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the NBA draft, his father Paul told the Los Angeles Daily News. After averaging 9.4 points for the Bruins in an uneven season, LaVine is still projected to be a potential..." March 28

  • Report: UCLA star Kyle Anderson to enter 2014 NBA draft

    USA Today "UCLA guard-forward Kyle Anderson will enter the 2014 NBA draft, his father told SNY.tv. The 6-9 sophomore had 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in the No. 4 seed Bruins' 79-68 Sweet 16 loss Thursday to No. 1 seed Florida, which ended their NCAA tournament and possibly..." March 28

  • Florida Gators knock out UCLA 79-68, advance to Elite Eight

    Miami Herald "Scottie Wilbekin spent most of Thursday night’s game trying to find his shooting touch. Luckily for the Gators, Michael Frazier II didn’t have similar trouble. And when Wilbekin finally found rhythm, Florida found a way to make history repeat itself against UCLA. Wilbekin scored 10 of his..." March 28

  • UCLA-Florida preview: 3 things to watch

    Fox Sports "With all the talk of culture change at UCLA and Florida's postseason dominance over the Bruins now behind, the buildup surrounding Thursday's Sweet 16 game between the South Region's Nos. 1 and 4 seeds are at an all-time high. "Well, we know we've got a lot of challenges with Florida, so..." March 27

  • Next task for Florida, Scottie Wilbekin: Stop UCLA's Kyle Anderson

    USA Today "Point guard play is so often the difference in March. Thursday night's NCAA tournament South Regional showdown between the top-seeded Florida Gators (34-2) and the No. 4 UCLA Bruins (28-8) at FedEx Forum provides a delicious study in contrasts at the most important position on the court. The..." March 27